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An easy, low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free Cilantro Chickpea salad recipe. Perfect to make ahead for quick lunch meals or as a side dish.

Cilantro Chickpea Salad

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Apr 18, 2016

At the risk of sounding a tad simple, one of my ‘little joys' is when I know I have great lunch options in the fridge that require very little effort when the ‘hangrys' hit. I truly do a little happy dance when, come 11:30-ish and I run through my options, I remember that ‘Oh yeah!  I have leftovers' or ‘Woot! I've got that great salad in the fridge.' It does require a little advance preparation to have a lunch option ready at the go, but there are several recipes that require minimal work that are regulars in my lunch ‘repertoire'. One of my current favorites is this Cilantro Chickpea Salad.

This salad is very easy to make and keeps for a week in the fridge. As the name implies, this recipe is heavy on the cilantro…all good in my book.  But it you're not a cilantro person, try it with some of your favorite green, leafy herbs, like dill or basil.An easy, low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free Cilantro Chickpea salad recipe. Perfect to make ahead for quick lunch meals or as a side dish.

I typically add some sliced avocado right before I eat it to the Cilantro Chickpea Salad to add some extra yumminess (in my book, avocado makes everything yummy even yummier!)An easy, low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free Cilantro Chickpea salad recipe. Perfect to make ahead for quick lunch meals or as a side dish.

This Cilantro Chickpea salad is my interpretation of a salad I saw on the internet, but I dramatically reduced the oil. As a result, this salad has a good bit of tang from the lime juice.  If it's too tangy for you, feel free to add some olive oil, tablespoon by tablespoon until it appeals to you.

An easy, low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free Cilantro Chickpea salad recipe. Perfect to make ahead for quick lunch meals or as a side dish.
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Cilantro Chickpea Salad

Tangy cilantro chickpea salad
Servings 4
Author Nourish and Nestle


  • 5 cups chickpeas or garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic depending on your liking
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Sliced Avocado optional


  1. Puree the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil and cumin.
  2. Toss with drained chickpeas
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  4. Top with avocado (optional)

Recipe Notes

I make this on Sunday and eat it all during the week. It easily lasts 5 days in the refrigerator.

An easy, low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free Cilantro Chickpea salad recipe. Perfect to make ahead for quick lunch meals or as a side dish.

Do you have some go to lunch recipes that you can make in advance and keep in the fridge? I'm always collecting good recipes, so if you're so inclined, pass them on.

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  1. Katrin

    April 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Perfect, I am making the happy dance now, because I know what I’ll make tomorrow for lunch! I hate few things, but one of those is thinking about what to make for lunch. It’s just my hubby and me at home, since the girls eat at their cantine in school, and we love just salads and light food, so this is perfect! I’d probably switch out the cilantro for basil, and I can imagine it so yummy. I agree, avocado makes everything even better! Thanks for the recipe my friend, I [almost] never prepare except when I throw on the crockpot in the morning with some chicken or lentils in it…. but that’s about it!
    Enjoy your Wednesday!!
    btw. season two of fear the walking dead has started, not sure if you’re interested!!!

    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Katrin…I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do and I know you’ll enjoy having something in the fridge come lunch time. And I’m not sure about ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, it hasn’t spoken to me yet. Are you enjoying it?
      Thanks for swinging by my friend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Stacey

    April 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    This sounds delicious and healthy. You could also use black beans. 🙂

    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Stacey…Black beans would be perfect as well. I do make a similar one with black beans and add fresh corn kernels to it, along with some scallions.Thanks for coming by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi

    April 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I love the cilantro and lime flavor combination and I’m a big chickpea fan too! Pinning this for sure because it looks so yummy. I’m like you – I need lunch to be quick and easy! 🙂

    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Erin, it’s a yummy dish and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. So glad you came by today. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Mary-the boondocks blog

    April 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Lynn this looks like a winner. My husband loves beans and he always buys chickpeas but I hate making the same thing over and over again. This will be a perfect opportunity to try something different since I love salads. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Oh Mary, I’m so glad! I really do enjoy it and love that it’s easy to make. It’s so handy to have something ready in the fridge come lunch time. As always, thanks for coming by sweet Mary.
      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Regina L. L. Wells

    April 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This sounds and looks fabulous! I pinned to try it. I love the cilantro and lime take on chickpeas. #WAYWOW

    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Regina, I hope you do enjoy it as much as I do. It is so easy and so tasty…and so great to have on hand when lunch time rolls around. Thanks for coming by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage

    April 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Lynn, This sounds like a great lunch salad to make. I love everything that’s in it! I’ll have to buy what I need and make this next week. Thanks for sharing this, my friend!

    • lynn

      April 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Carol, I do hope you enjoy the salad. It is easy to make, easy to have on hand and tasty to eat. Thanks for swinging by friend.
      Hugs, LYnn

  7. Celeste

    April 23, 2016 at 12:03 am

    My mouth is watering, I love chickpeas and to think for a long time I wouldn’t give them a try. They are now a staple in my pantry, which means I can make this one tomorrow.

    • lynn

      April 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Celeste, for once I’m thrilled to be offering recipe suggestions to you! It’s the least I can do given all the yummy things you’ve sent my way. Thanks for swinging by.
      Hugs, LYnn

  8. Sadhna Grover

    April 23, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This salad is really tempting,I can imagine the taste. I really like the colour of the salad.

    • lynn

      April 30, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Sadhna…so glad to offer you some tasty treats for once. If you like cilantro (coriander) , then I think you will enjoy it.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend

      Hugs LYnn

  9. Gina

    April 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Lynn, this looks amazing! I don’t think I’d add the avocado, but I know hubby would love that option. Usually for lunch I just eat whatever leftovers I have in the fridge. Usually this means a lot of homemade veggie burgers, pasta, or sometimes pizza. I think that I’ll have to give this recipe a try. It’s just too perfect!

    • lynn

      April 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      So you’re not an avocado gal? You don’t know what you’re missing. This is so very handy to have in the fridge so that I don’t eat the things I shouldn’t eat. I do hope you enjoy it.
      Hugs, Lynn

  10. Nikki

    April 25, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    You know how I am about leftovers, I love having dinner leftovers for lunch the next day and even the next day if possible. I like to get a lot of things done during the day and making lunch isn’t one of those things. Since I’m the only one home it seems like a waste of time so it’s great to be able to just grab something out of the fridge. This salad looks right up my alley I love garbanzo beans and I love avocado, and everything else on your list. My daughter just tried hummus for the first time the other day and absolutely loved it, I can see that garbanzo beans are going to play a big role in our future menu planning. Thanks for this recipe going to whip it up soon.

    • lynn

      April 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Nikki…I am so with you on not wanting to waste time making lunch each day which is why I love salads and meals like this. And you’re right, you know its got to be good with avocado and chickpeas, right? Hope you enjoy it and that it makes it into your lunch time rotation.
      Wishing you a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn


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